Dealing with an ADHD Diagnosis

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a condition that many people have heard of but do not always know that much about. When your child gets diagnosed with the disorder, the first thing a parent needs to do is learn as much as they can about it.

Your child being diagnosed with ADHD does not mean that you are a bad parent. ADHD is not about a lack of discipline by the parents. Learning how to effectively discipline a child who has ADHD is important but is only part of the life adjustments that families need to make to treat this disorder.

Structure is important when dealing with a child who has ADHD. Communication between parents, teachers and any caregivers that your child has is essential in treating this disorder. Everyone needs to learn how to work together to create the best environment for the child.

There are many support groups, books and Internet sites where parents can learn the skills they will need to help their child. Many believe that ADHD can last into adulthood and the skills that you help your child learn will make it easier for them to function as they grow.

Children with ADHD need to be aware of boundaries and also need to be rewarded for when they successfully control their behavior. Parents who create a home life that is structured yet flexible can really see a difference in their child’s performance in school. Their behavior and school work can become better when their world is adjusted to accommodate their special needs.

Many doctors are quick to prescribe stimulant medications to children who are diagnosed with adhd. Although it may be necessary in some children, you should discuss it fully with your child’s doctor and only agree to medication after you are clear about side effects and any long term damage.

Once a parent becomes educated about the disorder, they will begin to see ways that they can help their child thrive. Understanding the disorder and talking with other parents is a great way to help your own child.

There are different degrees of ADHD and some conditions can be improved with following a healthier diet and keeping a strict schedule for the child. Understanding what your child’s limitations are with attention span and helping them learn how to work with these challenges is something that any parent can do once they have learned how.

Treating ADHD is really a group effort between all the adults in your child’s life. If everyone works together your child can do well in school and have friends just like any other child.

For more information on adhd, follow the link below.

http://helpguide.org/mental/adhd_add_parenting_strategies.htm